Gas explosion: Nasarawa to fly victims to South Africa

Gas explosion

Nasarawa State Government says it will fly some victims of the Lafia gas explosion to South Africa for further treatment.

Governor Umaru Al-Makura announced this when the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Dr Yahaya Adamu, led a delegation on a condolence visit to the Government House on Friday over the fire incident.

Al-Makura said 11 out of the 36 victims of the gas explosion had died while about Eight others in critical condition would be flown to South Africa for further medical attention.

He said most of the victims were being treated at the National Trauma Centre in Abuja, adding that the government was committed to ensuring that they got the best medical attention.

The governor offered to provide land for the construction of the permanent site of the Federal Medical Centre in Keffi, to enable the facility expansion and establish an emergency centre that could cope large-scale emergency cases like that of the Lafia gas explosion.

He commended the efforts of the FMC for their various outreach programmes, which had impacted greatly on the health of the people in the state.

Al-Makura assured the FMC Kefffi management of the state government’s continuous support as they strive to provide the best medical services to the people.

Earlier, the CMD, Dr Yahaya Adamu commiserated with the government and people of the state over the incident and prayed God to grant the families of the deceased victims the fortitude to bear the loss.

Adamu commended the state government’s collaboration with the FMC in rendering quality health services to the people.

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He said that the hospital was working hard to improve on its emergency services to handle large-scale cases.

It would be recalled that on Monday, Monaco gas station in Lafia was engulfed by fire at about 10.00 a.m. when the tanker offloading the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) had a leakage and went up in flames.

Mr Dogara Dalhatu, Chief Fire Officer of the Nasarawa state Fire Service, who confirmed the inferno attributed it to a spark around the vicinity where the gas was being discharged.

He said that about 10 vehicles, five motorcycles and three tricycles were destroyed by the fire.

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